It's common for high-end watchmakers to include piezoelectric elements in watches, using your swinging wrist, rather than a battery, to keep it powered. New research hints that future gadgets could include something similar by way of genetically engineered viruses.
Need to cram for a big test? Trying to learn a new language? Just had a great vacation? Scientists have developed a procedure that may be able to help you remember things, as long as you're willing to inject a genetically engineered virus directly into your brain.
The tobacco mosaic virus makes its living by munching on tobacco plants and other vegetables. Researchers have somehow figured out that by slathering the virus onto battery electrodes, it can increase battery capacity by a factor of ten.
The computer worm called "Stuxnet" was discovered back in June, but it's full capabilities are only now being discovered. At first, we thought it just spied on the workings of industrial systems. We now know we were dead, dead wrong.